The QM Rubric

The Quality Matters Rubric is set of eight General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. Annotations explain the applications of the Standards and their inter-relationships. The Rubric has a scoring system used to determine whether a course meets Standards. Standards with the highest point values are considered essential and must be satisfied for a course to meet QM Standards overall.

Unique to the QM Rubric is the concept of Alignment. This occurs when critical course components — Learning Objectives (#2), Assessment and Measurement (#3), Instructional Materials (#4), Course Activities and Learner Interaction (#5), and Course Technology (#6) — work together to ensure students achieve desired learning outcomes. Specific Standards included in Alignment are indicated in the Rubric Annotations. Faculty can use the QM rubric as a tool to design and evaluate their courses. The rubric is based on the most current instructional design principles and best practices and addresses 8 general standards:

  1. Course Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility and Usability

For a copy of the QM Standards Rubric visit the Quality Matters website and create a QM account

Quality Matters rubric

Points are assigned to each of the Specific Review Standard: 3 points (Essential), 2 points (Very Important), or 1 point (Important). In order to meet Quality Matters review expectations, a course must meet each of the 21 Essential Standards (3 points) and achieve an overall score of at least 84 (85% of 99 possible points).

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Getting Started:

Make your MyQM account to download the QM rubric! at: Once you've made your MyQM account, you can use the Self-Review tool, to review your course. The Self Review and materials are within the QM site under “Course Review Management System” in the top navigation bar. Log into the QM site, to access annotations explaining each standard in greater detail from within the Self Review tool.

Use the Ready Reference Modules:

Ready reference modules and resources are available to aid in applying the QM Standards to your online or hybrid course. Visit the individual standard pages from the navigation menu on the left under the Quality Matters and QM Rubric - Getting Started tabs.

Join the eLev8 Challenge:

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For support in implementing the 8 QM standards and to receive credit for "eLevating" your course join the eLev8 Challenge!